Legal action following a failure by nursing staff to appropriately transfer a patient to a bed following surgery causing damage.
£9,500 recovered in damages for the additional unnecessary surgery and scarring caused by the negligent transfer of the patient.
The Client came to this firm following breast augmentation surgery. Following surgery, the Client was transferred back to the ward. What should have happened is that she should have been transferred using appropriate moving techniques, however, this did not happen and she was asked to move herself.
In doing so this caused pulling and tugging on the drains inserted into the surgical wounds, leading to a haematoma which needed surgery to evacuate it. As a result, the Client suffered additional scarring, numbness and anxiety.
We wrote to the Defendant after seeking medical reports from two experts in the field of nursing and plastic surgery. The Defendant denied liability throughout the matter. As we approached the stage of serving further expert evidence the Defendant agreed to settle the claim without admission of liability.
This was a very sensitive and important matter to our Client. Devonshires provided support at every stage of the claim, and explained what steps were necessary to bring the claim, to prove negligence and to achieve a settlement. The Defendant was robust in its stance on liability and it was our job to make sure that we had the correct evidence in support of the claim in order to obtain a successful outcome for the Client.
Our Client was pleased with the settlement and the outcome of the claim.